The iconic 70-foot arch at Southgate Shopping Center lost its nighttime neon glow years ago, but newly installed LED lighting will simulate the look. No word yet on when it will get turned on, but it was tested recently and Babe’s Shoes & Apparel posted photos to Facebook.
City commissioners are expected to approve an affordable housing plan Monday that encourages building homes on vacant city-owned lots and selling them to residents who have very-low to moderate incomes. More
Residents interested in learning more about the future of Lakeland Linder Airport will have a chance to ask questions and voice opinions at a public meeting Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the airport terminal. Topics addressed in the airport’s 20-year master plan include runway expansion, and the airport director encourages potential homeowners in fast-growing southwest Lakeland to “know what’s happening before they buy a home” | City of Lakeland news release
The corner of Massachusetts and Parker got brightened up this week when artist Gillian Fazio painted a citrusy summerscape on the wall of The Yard on Mass facing Parker Street.
Frustrated that many vacant lots are used as illegal dumping grounds, city commissioners are pondering whether to raise fines for property owners, many of whom live out of state, who repeatedly violate lot-cleaning rules. The city pays to have the lots cleaned and mowed, and Commissioner Scott Franklin says the repeat offenders must consider the current fees and fines (typically $261 to $546) a cost of doing business | Latest list of violators
Plans for affordable workforce apartments near Tigertown are a step closer. Developer Green Mills Group of Fort Lauderdale was selected for an $8 million state Community Development Block Grant for disaster recovery to build the 80-unit Parker Pointe building on East Bella Vista Street.
Dreams of more vibrant development to the west of downtown Lakeland got a boost today when city commissioners signaled they’d like to see a transportation hub built just north of the RP Funding Center in the next five to 10 years. More
People living near Lakeland Linder Airport can expect noise from fighter jets just a little longer. Draken International, whose pilots fly as enemy combatants in military training exercises, has until Sunday to finish testing its newly revamped Mirage F1 fighters. After that, the airport’s main runway closes for an upgrade for 90 days, a closure unexpected to halt flights other than Draken’s.
ALSO: The Aviationist analyzes the jets’ new look.